“Pilot, Part 1” & “Pilot, Part 2” (Spoilers below)
- Dr. Martin Stein — Victor Garber
- Ray Palmer/ The Atom — Brandon Routh
- Rip Hunter — Arthur Darvill
- Sara Lance/ White Canary — Caity Lotz
- Jefferson “Jax” Jackson — Franz Drameh
- Kendra Saunders/ Hawkgirl — Ciara Renee
- Carter Hall/ Hawkman — Falk Hentschel
- Mick Rory/ Heat Wave — Dominic Purcell
- Leonard Snart/ Captain Cold — Wentworth Miller
- Vandal Savage — Casper Crump
This was basically a 2 hour movie of comic book awesomeness and I’m so super excited about it. I apologize in advance if I’m long winded and over enthusiastic.
I’m going to put both parts of the pilot in this one episode. I thought it was fantastic and fun. The character development was balanced and it brought all the heroes nicely.
Going into this I was terrified. I didn’t want them to possibly screw anything up with the Flash or Arrow. I didn’t know if the “heroes” were well known enough to build an entire show around them. Little did I know, CW had a few tricks up their sleeve.
Rip Hunter was the character that I was most worried about because he didn’t have an introduction in the other shows like Firestorm or Captain Cold. We have almost no background on him except that he’s a time master trying to save the world. His character development is slow, especially in the 2nd part, but his goal to save the world is pretty incredible. We see that Vandal Savage killed his wife and kid and that’s honestly enough for me to root for him. He’s now the defined leader and people are coming after him so everything is getting fun. I’m glad he explained that he chose his crew because they mean absolutely nothing in the timeline. I was worried that they were going to try to explain that White Canary means more to the timeline than both the Flash and Green Arrow.
I’m glad that Ray/ the Atom got some much needed character development. In Arrow, the almost act as if he should be fine after being dead for many weeks. His talks with Oliver and when he tries to make Captain Cold good were the highlights of both episodes for me. His powers also look amazing in the fight scenes and he has great chemistry with the other cast mates. He’s gone pretty far from being Superman.
White Canary was my favorite character going into the show. Her character has the largest backstory from the other ones. She is also an amazing, strong female character that both the Flash and Arrow have been missing. She can hold her own. My favorite part of the first week’s episode was definitely the fight scene in the bar in the 1970’s. Sara acts like she knows what she’s doing and she’s always so confident despite only knowing how to fight and not having super powers. Her costume is little disheartening at times. I think her clothes in the time period are great like when she flirts with past Martin, but her White Canary hair is a huge problem for me. I think she white costume works well, but that hair makes her look like she’s trying to be a gangster.
Captain Cold and Heatwave have been my new favorite as of late. Their chemistry with each other is palpable and they actually mix very well with the other characters. I’m most excited when they’re on screen. They bring the most energy to the show. They have the better character arcs in my mind with the fighting in the bar scene to contemplating if they could have done something better with themselves. I think the CGi works well for them too. Sometimes I become confused with the true power of their guns, but I think it’s pretty easy to turn a blind eye when they’re non fighting scenes are some of the best.
My biggest complaint with the show is the Hawks. Hawkgirl and Hawkman are the real reasons that this adventure is even starting but I just can’t connect with them. I actually celebrated a bit when Carter died. I’m not even going to try to act like I didn’t. I was excited that I would see the other characters more. I feel like Vandal Savage in all of his evil has more of a presence than the Hawks combined. They also just don’t feel like they’re into it that much. I also think they’re comically terrible at killing Savage. Hawkman has died in 3/4 episodes of the shows he’s been in if you can’t the flashbacks and such. They’re 0-207-1. 1 tie because Merlyn revived Savage in some form and they had huge amounts of help from Oliver and Barry. I understand why they show runners are trying to get them to be cool but I just don’t see it. I’ll be happy to see when Hawkgirl’s character development goes after seeing Hawkman die again. I just don’t hope that they’ll pull a fast one and go pick up Hawkman in a different time line. Then his death will be utterly pointless.
Vandal Savage is a great villain. He commands the screen and is terrifying. His ability to destroy the world at anytime makes him a real threat when trying to change the time line. I’m really excited to see where they take his character and how all of the timeline modifications will change the course of his actions. For instance, now that he knows that time travel is possible in the 1970’s, how will he change the future. I’m pretty pumped to see what they’ll do with his character.
Martin Stein and Jax as Firestorm is so captivating. Martin meeting his former self was one of the best plot devices they could have used. Jax the jock actually helped Martin figure out who he is. The only part I didn’t get behind was Martin drugging Jax and everyone acting like it was nothing. Mick started his position of being the mule for the group after loading Jax into the ship. I can get behind Firestorm as he learns new abilities and becomes stronger. I’m very interested to see where this character goes in the future.
Overall, I really enjoyed this pilot. I can’t wait for the rest of the show. Sure it had minor flaws, but every new show will at some point in time. I think the character development is great as more and more of the cast meets its past self. I’m can’t wait to watch this show again next week!